Guitarist Les Paul receives a 2007 National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush
Les Paul has contributed so much to the music industry. He will be missed.
“Mr Paul died from complications of pneumonia in New York, according to Gibson, the firm that sold his guitars.”
Jim Stafford says, “Les Paul was extraordinary. He was a great performer, inventor, innovator and an inspiration to us all.
As a performer his recordings and the TV show he did with his wife, Mary Ford, are still relevant and enjoyed today.
As an inventor, he revolutionized the guitar world by creating the 1st solid body electric guitar. The Les Paul model Gibson is probably the most recognized guitar of all time. It is also probably the most popular model among working guitarists.
As an innovator, he brought the recording world into a new age by creating multi-track recording. He continued to create and improve upon existing technology his entire life. I had the pleasure of working with Danny Gatton when he collaborated with Les Paul, creating the Les Paulverizer, heard on Danny’s Red Neck Jazz Album.
Jim goes on to say, “But the story I love the most that demonstrated Les Paul’s love of playing the guitar, was when he broke his elbow in the 1950’s he had it set in an “L” shape so he could always play!”